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If you're considering dental veneers or have recently had them fitted, you may be wondering about the best way to care for them. Do you have to brush veneers just like your natural teeth? The answer is a resounding yes, but there's more to it than meets the eye. In this blog post, we delve into why and how to maintain your veneers for a sparkling smile that lasts.

Understanding Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They're typically made from porcelain or composite resin and are used to improve your smile's appearance by correcting issues like discoloration, chips, gaps, or misalignment. While veneers are resistant to staining, they still need regular care to keep them looking their best and ensure their longevity.

The Importance of Brushing Veneers

Just like your natural teeth, dental veneers require regular brushing. Plaque and tartar can still build up around your veneers, leading to gum disease and potential damage to the veneer's bonding. Brushing twice daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste helps to keep your veneers and the surrounding gum tissue healthy and clean. 

Best Practices for Brushing Veneers

When brushing your dental veneers, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently clean all surfaces of your teeth and veneers. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush or abrasive toothpaste as these can scratch the surface of the veneers. It's also recommended to floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and veneers, preventing gum disease.

Additional Care for Your Veneers

Apart from brushing and flossing, there are other ways to care for your dental veneers. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial for maintaining the health of your veneers and natural teeth. Avoid chewing hard foods with your veneers to prevent damage. If you grind your teeth at night, consider getting a night guard to protect your veneers.

The Lifespan of Dental Veneers

With proper care, dental veneers can last for many years. The exact lifespan of veneers varies, but on average, they can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will help ensure your veneers last as long as possible and keep your smile looking its best.

Schedule Your Dental Check-up Today

At Cedar Smiles Dentistry, we believe in helping our patients achieve the smile they've always wanted. If you have dental veneers or are considering getting them, we're here to guide you on the best care practices. Dr. Mina Girgis and our team of dental professionals are committed to providing top-notch dental care in a comfortable, friendly environment. Call us today at (562) 925-8338 to schedule your next dental check-up or to learn more about our dental veneer services. We're conveniently located in Bellflower, CA, and are ready to help you maintain your beautiful smile.

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